Computer course for prisoners

BELGAUM: Hindalga Prison authorities will be conducting various computer certificate coursesfor its prisoners. The courses would help the prisoners to get jobs on their release.

The course will commence from February 1. The first batch consisting of 20 prisoners will undergo one month training. The experts from Belgaum Engineers Association will be imparting training for the convicts. Already the authorities are conducting carpentry, handloom and spinning, weaving, smithy works, preparing bakery products, manufacture of soaps and tailoring. Apart from this, it also facilitates higher education for convicts by providing correspondence courses affiliated to Karnataka State Open University. Garment unit at a cost of Rs 40 lakh is also set up at Hindalga Jail.

“We have started computer courses this will enable the convicts to know more about computer which is very much need of the hour. There are also convicts who have taken computer as an optional subject,” added Veerabhadraswamy, DIG (Prison)who got President Medal award recently.

There are nearly 1058 prisoners at Hindalga Jail; among them, 678 are convicted prisoners, 350 are undertrials and 30 are facing death sentence. Whoever faces death sentences in Karnataka are shifted to Hindalga Jail. Most notorious criminals including terrorist are lodged at Hindalga Jail.

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